Receding gums occur when your gum tissue has worn away around your teeth. This tissue serves as a protective barrier against harmful bacteria and external stimuli. Without this gum tissue present, your teeth are more susceptible to disease and trauma.
Why Gums Recede
If your gums look like they are running for cover, you might wonder why. Here are a few common reasons that gums recede in the first place:
• Over aggressive brushing
• Poor oral hygiene habits
• Hormonal changes
Gum Recession Treatment
Periodontal Therapy: Periodontal disease may be treated with a noninvasive scaling and root planing procedure or laser gum surgery, depending on the severity of the condition. Periodontal disease must be treated before receding gums can be restored.
Gum Grafting: This procedure is a type of gum surgery involving grafting of soft tissue from another site in the mouth or from a donor source. The tissue sample is sutured to the area in need, which restores the gum line to a healthier level.
The Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST): A highly innovative treatment for gum recession, PST is a minimally invasive alternative to traditional gum surgery.
Benefits Of Treating Gum Recession
The benefits of treating your gum recession are very important to your oral health and for the health of your entire body. With gum recession treatment, you can expect to experience:
• Reduction in tooth sensitivity
• Your healthy smile restored
• More attractive gum line
• Reduction in the risk of losing teeth
• Reduced risk of gum disease and root decay
If you suspect that your gums are receding, do not hesitate to call us for an appointment. We would be happy to evaluate your overall dental health and make a recommendation based on your current condition. Call 203-433-0384 for Branford Office or 203-285-8163 for Milford Office.